I wish I had a moby wrap before Kai was born, or maybe another wrap but lighter weight since it was soo hot the first several weeks of his life. If I had wrapped him up those handful of times when we couldn't seem to console him I think it would have helped. I've hear other moms say that those first several weeks when baby seems to have that really cranky time everyday they would put the babe in a wrap or sling and walk and walk.. avoiding the cranky time completely. Plus for those who have another child or children it enables you to be much more mobile from the very beginning.
I looked and looked for wraps, slings and carriers before I had him, but really it is so hard to tell what wrap will work and what baby will like. If I put Kai in the moby facing me and Wes wraps him up, he cries a little at first but I give him the pacifier and very very quickly he is fast asleep.
I think wraps are a good first for baby wearing because you can try different positions. They do take some practice though. We also have an Ergo. It is pretty good but more awkward because I still have to use the infant insert which is very thick and heavy. It's harder to get a good position with it, also one could argue (and I just heard a mother complaining about this) that it isn't that secure. I always felt fine wearing it though. I think it will be great when he is bigger and has head control and we won't need the insert.
Kai hated slings, just seemed too squashed in them. I just ordered another carrier- the becco butterfly 2, much like the ergo but it has a built in infant seat, wear he can sit straight up. I hope it makes up for where the ergo lacks and we can get moving even more.
If I get a chance I plan on writing about other things I wish I had before or things I really love for baby.
Side note: the past couple days I have gotten a day time nap again.. hoorah. The little dinosaur is napping right now..
I can't believe this little guy is going to be 9 weeks. We had his two month checkup yesterday. He weighs 11.11 lbs and is 23.5 inches tall. He is the incredible growing baby..already doubling his weight since birth and growing 4 inches. His life so far has been one big growth spurt. He still very rarely sleeps a four hour stretch..and still very often wants to eat every two hours..Since I haven't figured out how to get a nap during the day the last several weeks..mama is very tired...My yogi tea said tiredness is in the mind. Regulate it. or something like that. I am trying to keep that in mind. Plus I know the time goes so fast and look at that face?!! SO cute. I love him so much.
The pic above is his halloween costume. I tried it on when my mom was here. I have lots of pictures to catch up the two weeks I didn't post.. If I get a chance..
After I wrote the previous post Kai has been really good, only a tad fussy this morning until I put him in the wrap. Thank God, I was scared he was getting colicky. Actually the night after I wrote that post he slept for 4 straight hours. He has never done that before (also hasn't done it since, poo) We got and did lots of things that helped him feel better- colic calm, homeopathic remedy, happy tummy, and colic exercises. Whatever helps!
I ordered the Moby wrap and received it the day before my parents got here. So far I think it is great. Kai is really happy in it, with the ergo or stroller he has to be in the mood for them. Also with him in this position I can easily feed him whenever.
Since I got it I have been wearing him a lot because it means he will be happy and sleep. He was only sleeping for short periods and I didn't want him to be over tired. I think it may be because I was drinking Kombucha tea everyday. I didn't realize it wasn't good to drink, I thought it was fine since it has no caffeine. But I did a search and it is not recommended to drink while breastfeeding, as it could bother babies tummy. So maybe he will sleep longer again once it is out of my system. He was spitting up more it seemed also but I didn't connect the too. At least now I have. I will be hoping for a four hour block of sleeping time.. or at least a couple 3 hour blocks!
With Kai being really fussy and staying awake for long stretches at times, lately this is how I feel:
I guess I am not the only one who is really tired, this picture is from the other night. I don't mind the lack of sleep, it is the fussiness and crying for long stretches with out the ability to soothe that has been difficult at times lately. I would write more about that if there were time, hopefully when we get through it I will describe it more. I hope it doesn't last. But his middle name is Bodhi for a reason, he is teaching me so much already. I try to stay open and not get too upset or frustrated.
Luckily I have mum coming just in time, in two days! I am looking forward to it. Sorry mum and dad our place looks like a frat boy's apartment..Not pretty at all. I am greatly looking forward to your visit, it comes at a time when I think it will be a great help to us :)
Even with the challenges of late there is always one big reward that makes it worth it all: baby smiles..
Recently Wes was working in Culver city...home of LA's (only?) gluten free bakery- The Sensitive Baker I begged Wes to stop by..and started to dream about the yummy cupcake I had last time I was there..It was just as good as I remembered. The chocolate was even better than the vanilla I had last time. As you can see I couldn't even wait to take a bite or two before taking a picture! He also got Challah rolls which were really good- they came ready to be baked. We had two and then the next day I got the idea to turn the other two into cinnamon rolls. It was so good! I don't think I have had a cinnamon roll in 6 years or so that I have been gluten free.
I also was so happy to get an e-mail from a gluten free bakery in NY that is now offering free shipping! They have things like layer cakes, roll cakes and what I am most excited about trying- lace cookies and rainbow cookies! The prices aren't even that obscene either..Its called Shabtai
I can't do a post without a picture of our cute little man..I love this picture.
I had my 6 week follow up appointment at my obgyn today. Every thing is good..and with that no more appointments. TG, I am more than happy not to have to go to the Dr every month. I don't know why but doctors always make me nervous. I wish that it were possible to have close family doctors that you feel like you actually know and feel comfortable with.. like on the Cosby show.. Anyways here I am trying to catch a nap.. Hard to do since Kai still often eats every hour and a half!! I can't belive today he actually went 3 1/2 hours one time..maybe that will become more common soon. Call me crazy but I don't even mind it much and I don't feel all that tired or anything most of the time. I mean even with that little sleep, I feel better than I did the last few days of pregnancy.